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Morning Sun
  • CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Crawford County Attorney

  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Crawford County Attorney. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Crawford County Attorney. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
    Michael Gayoso, Jr.
    Frontenac
    Republican
    Why are you running for office?
    During my tenure, the office has made tremendous strides in effectively prosecuting criminals.  Since 2009, my staff and I have secured prison sentences exceeding 600 years for cases we prosecuted.  This position is more than a job, it’s my personal commitment to making Crawford County a safer place.
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Managing the office under budget with limited resources is the biggest challenge while maintaining a high conviction rate. Since 2009, my office boasts a 99.5% conviction rate with 96% of defendants charged with felonies ultimately convicted. We have collected over $680,000 in restitution, worthless checks, and diversion fees.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Public safety is always my number one priority.  Since 2009, this office has secured 6 murder convictions and sent defendants to prison for person crimes.  Keeping career and/or violent criminals off the streets is key to making Crawford County a safer place to live and raise our families.
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    Experience! For the past 13 years my career has focused on criminal law, while my opponent hasn’t handled a criminal case in 8 years.  I’ve successfully tried jury cases; my opponent has not.  I have managed this office, under budget, with a though but fair attitude maintaining a positive reputation.
    Angela Trimble
    Pittsburg
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    I am well-suited for the office of County Attorney.  I previously served as an Assistant County Attorney and find it gratifying to prosecute those who committed crimes and to assist the victims of such crimes.  I enjoyed courtroom work and working with our law enforcement agencies in the area.
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Our economic condition challenges the County Attorney’s office two ways: providing effective prosecution within the constraints of the budget established by our County Commissioners and an increased work load from the statistical increase of crime, especially domestic violence, typically associated with economic downturns. Serving our victims within the budget is crucial.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Page 2 of 2 - The continued manufacture, distribution and use of methamphetamines in our county greatly concerns me. These are not victimless crimes and the detrimental effect on our youth cannot be tolerated. I will work closely and tirelessly with law enforcement to address this ongoing problem.
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I have over 17 years of experience as a trial attorney.  I have a very strong work ethic and I am an aggressive litigator.   I will work cooperatively and effectively with law enforcement personnel and will strive to make the County Attorney’s Office more accessible to the community.
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